The Impact of School Size and Single-Sex Education on Performance

Author(s): Thomas Spielhofer, Lisa O'Donnell, Tom Benton, Sandie Schagen, Ian Schagen
Institution: National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER)
Year of Study: 2002
The Impact of School Size and Single-Sex Education on Performance

This report explores two issues of enduring interest: the impact on performance of school size and single-sex education. There are arguments in favour of small schools and large schools. And although most comprehensive schools are coeducational, it is sometimes claimed that single-sex education is beneficial, particularly for girls. In order to explore these issues, it was felt necessary to undertake a value-added analysis which took prior attainment and other key factors into account. The research presented here thus comprises two strands: a review of published literature and some primary analysis.

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